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Open Air Theatre

Nestled in a frame of clipped arborvitae and towering trees, the historic Open Air Theatre has hosted countless theatrical performances and concerts since it debuted in 1914.

Unique features of our 1,500 seat Theatre include a 10-foot water curtain in front of the stage, numerous fountains built into the stage, and underground dressing rooms.

View the seating chart for performances.

The Open Air Theatre is now closed for the season. It will reopen April 18, 2020.

History of this Garden

Inspired by outdoor European theaters and his love of music and drama, Pierre S. du Pont built the Open Air Theatre in 1913. The Theatre was redesigned and expanded in 1927 to include illuminated fountains set into the stage floor and a 10-foot water curtain at its front. Today, performances of all varieties are presented throughout the summer.

Upcoming Fountain Shows

Fountain Shows

Our fountains gather attention from far and wide, and are a favorite among visitors of all ages.

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